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Child Protection Research Group

Preventing and responding to violence in childhood and adolescence through rigorous academic research.

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About us

We conduct research to understand the causes and consequences of violence; to develop, adapt and evaluate interventions to reduce violence; and to improve research  methodology in the field of child protection.

Who we are

We are mainly social epidemiologists, but span a range of disciplines. We work closely with colleagues in social science and anthropology, medical statistics, economics and education.


We publish in a range of academic journals and work with partners to produce materials for non-academic audiences.

About Child Protection Research Group

We take a public health approach to child protection, and our research is conducted mainly with partners in low and middle income countries. Much of our work is focused on primary prevention of violence and other adverse health conditions among the general population of children and adolescents. We also conduct research with those identified as high risk, or who are already receiving child protective or other services.

Evaluation of interventions

Much of our recent and current work is focused around development and rigorous testing of school-based violence prevention strategies. We are also interested in community based prevention strategies, and in how to respond effectively to improve health outcomes for those who have experienced violence.

Understanding the causes of violence

We also conduct research to understand the underlying causes of who is at increased risk of violence, how violence leads to poor outcomes, and to understand resilience among those who have experienced violence.

Methods and methodological research

We use a range of epidemiological and social science methods to generate rigorous evidence to inform policy and practice. These include randomised controlled trials, cross-sectional and cohort studies, and qualitative research.

We do evidence synthesis and modelling to estimate the prevalence and effects of different forms of violence against children globally. Methodologically, we undertake research to understand how to ethically approach research in child protection, how to ensure children and adolescents are able to disclose their experiences to researchers, and on how to measure experience and use of different forms of violence in different settings.


We partner with local and international NGOs, local government, local and international academic institutions, and various donors. Partners and donors include the UK MRC, DfID, Wellcome Trust, UBS Foundation, Save the Children, Plan International, Graines de Paix, and Raising Voices, Makerere University, the AfriChild Center, MRC-UVRI Uganda, and others.


Adapting the Good School Toolkit for secondary schools

Contexts of Violence in Adolescence Cohort Study (CoVAC)

Peace Building in Cote d’Ivoire: Formative evaluation

Pilot Trial of Good School Toolkit for secondary schools

Protecting children with disabilities

The Good Schools Study

Utoto Salaama/Peaceful Childhood

Who we are
Profiles International Violence and Child Protection Research Group
Project team


Associate Professor

Kerrie Thornhill

Fanny Procureur

Anne Gatuguta

Ilan Turner-Cera

Ellen Turner

Sue Kelly


Research Fellow
Close collaborators (external)

Heidi Grundlingh

Kate Merill

Kelly Clarke

Deborah Fry

Dipak Naker

Jenny Parkes

Sarah Lilley

Claire Milligan

Lucia Quintero

Close collaborators (internal)
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